My statement on the cancellation of the 2018 Newcastle Festival of Flight


Hi everyone

Firstly I want to thank Newry, Mourne and Down District CouncilDown Festivals & Royal Air Force for all the hard work that has gone into putting the show together over the last 12 months. While it is disappointing rain caused the cancellation of today’s events, these men and ladies have worked fantastically to put together what should have been a great weekend. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes and it is no easy job putting together an airshow, I am sure they are very disappointed that they were unable to see their hard work come to fruition today in terms of the flying display..

Now, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, today was a washout for the flying. It’s sad, but these things happen at airshows… this would have been the 9th Festival of Flight and never before had one display cancelled due to weather let alone an entire show cancelled. For a UK airshow, that’s pretty good going.

The RAF put on a fantastic #RAF100 Aircraft tour and #STEM village, I’ve been down multiple times and had a fantastic time, it was a remarkable experience to see a Harrier parked up in Newcastle’s Donard Park! The RAF were so friendly over the last few days, and will be there again tomorrow to welcome you all!

Down Festivals of Newry, Mourne and Down Council, along with Flight Director Mr Rick Peacock-Edwards put together what would have been a wonderful flying display, quite possibly the strongest line up since 2014 in my opinion and no aircraft I know of had tech issues, so it would have been a wonderful display had the weather held.

In 37 years of going to airshows, this wasn’t my first washout, and I am sure it will not be the last. UK and Irish weather is unpredictable as you know.

Also a big thank you to every pilot who was due to display today. I am sure every one of them will be disappointed they did not get to do their brilliant displays.

A personal thanks to Red 10 Squadron Leader Adam Collins who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to today as well as posing for photos.

Finally I want to say thank you to all of you, the followers of this page. The comments in the aftermath of today showed disappointment, which is understandable while still being respectful. And the vast majority understood the reason why today didn’t go as planned. Safety will always come first and visibility was near 0 today.

As always I have had a lot of fun running this page, I want to thank Down Festivals for letting me continue to run it, as you know I don’t work for or represent them or the council, I am just a guy who loves watching aircraft flying! However they have always been great with me and over the last few years I have built a good relationship with them.

Hopefully next year Newcastle can bounce back strong and have great weather, we’ve been lucky over the years with the sun, so here’s to 2019, as planning will no doubt already be starting!

Thank you.



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